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    Bad hair day on the biggest cherry blossom party of the year? Put this sakura-themed bag over your head and untag yourself for the day!

    Having a bad hair day? Put this sakura-themed bag over your head and untag yourself from the cherry blossom festivities!

    The cherry trees are readying their onslaught, and it’s almost time for the annual beer-fuelled frolicking to commence. What better way to say, “I am a wild and crazy guy” than to don one of these festive pinker-than-thou costumes?

    Faster than a chugging bullet! Able to leap long restroom lines with a single bound! Sakura Ranger to the rescue!

    Faster than a chugging bullet! Able to leap long restroom lines with a single bound! Sakura Ranger!

    See what I mean?

    Wat I don’t even.

    Makes this Sakura Tuxedo look almost tasteful, doesn't it?

    Makes this Sakura Tuxedo look almost tasteful, doesn’t it?

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.



    SakuraHeadjonellepBad hair day on the biggest cherry blossom party of the year? Put this sakura-themed bag over your head and untag yourself for the day!Faster than a chugging bullet! Able to leap long restroom lines with a single bound! Sakura Ranger to the rescue!See what I mean?Makes this Sakura Tuxedo look almost tasteful, doesn't it?SakuraHeadjonellepBad hair day on the biggest cherry blossom party of the year? Put this sakura-themed bag over your head and untag yourself for the day!Faster than a chugging bullet! Able to leap long restroom lines with a single bound! Sakura Ranger to the rescue!See what I mean?Makes this Sakura Tuxedo look almost tasteful, doesn't it?

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  • 03/31/14--01:37: Sneakers Of Yore
  • SneakersBrocade

    If I were a samurai in the olden days, these would totally be my sneakers of choice for the cherry blossom viewing marathon. I’d stock up on those shoelaces hanging up above too.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.



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    SaggyBoobSox

    …even the pro wrestler sox seem to be outfitted with a pair of Gravity Is Not Our Friend boobs.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.



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    LolitaBoth12

    Ahaha, me and Yuki in Lolita disguise!

    Admit it – don’t you want to try it, just once? Well guess what? Now you can get your Lolita on for around a hundred bucks, with professional hair, makeup, and photos!

    And that’s just what my friend Yuki and I did a few weeks ago! The stylistas at Maison de Julietta in the Harajuku Laforet let us choose from their closet full of the latest Lolita frocks (Angelic Pretty, Baby The Stars Shine Bright, Metamorphose temps defille), helped us accessorize with adorable socks, hair thingies and shoes, then whipped us into the dressing room for a Lolita-style makeover!

    A few minutes later, this stranger with pale skin, rosy cheeks, swashes of black eyeliner and fake lashes looked at me from the mirror. Then the stylist expertly bundled my hair into an industrial-strength net (ew, glad there aren’t any photos of THAT) and let me choose from a selection of curly or straight wigs, in every shade from darkest black to platinum blonde. Voila! My friend Yuki was so transformed that her six-month-old baby didn’t recognize her!

    Then it was into the photo studio for a session with the photographer, who posed us in all kinds of Lolita-like ways and snapped away. Ten days later, the array of photos was up on the website, and we used the passwords they gave us to choose the three we liked best.

    This is my friend Yuki, and she was so transformed that her baby didn't recognize her! Poor Nana was in no mood to smile for the camera. (Here's a photo of how Yuki usually looks!)

    This is my friend Yuki. As you can see, poor Nana was in no mood to smile for the camera. In real life, Yuki has short hair and works for a venerable financial institution, so you can imagine how Nana-chan might be confused!

    The photographer poses you in dozens of ways on the cute Alice In Wonderland set, and you can order whichever ones you like, in either digital or printed-out form.

    The photographer poses you in dozens of ways on the cute Alice In Wonderland set, and you can choose three you like, in either digital or (for a small additional fee) print-outs.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

    If you’d like to visit Maison de Julietta, the shop is right at the bottom of the first flight of stairs as you walk into Laforet. You can check out the outfits and make a reservation, or call 03-6434-5464. Base price for clothing rental, professional makeup, and photo session (including downloads of three digital shots) is ¥9,980 plus optional wig rental (¥1,050), fake eyelashes (¥315) and proper undergarments (a tight white t-shirt) to protect the clothing and make it look nice (¥210).

    I first got interested in Lolitas and Goth-Lolitas when I was writing Nightshade, the first book in my Only In Tokyo mystery series, but this was my first time actually dressing like one! If you’re curious about this Japanese fashion subcult, check out the first few chapters here.

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    LolitaBoth12jonellepLolitaBoth12This is my friend Yuki, and she was so transformed that her baby didn't recognize her! Poor Nana was in no mood to smile for the camera. (Here's a photo of how Yuki usually looks!)The photographer poses you in dozens of ways on the cute Alice In Wonderland set, and you can order whichever ones you like, in either digital or printed-out form.NFB12LolitaBoth12jonellepLolitaBoth12This is my friend Yuki, and she was so transformed that her baby didn't recognize her! Poor Nana was in no mood to smile for the camera. (Here's a photo of how Yuki usually looks!)The photographer poses you in dozens of ways on the cute Alice In Wonderland set, and you can order whichever ones you like, in either digital or printed-out form.NFB12

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    FloweredShortSuit

    You know how there are whole books filled with people wearing weird outfits on the streets of Tokyo, and you think yeah, sure, they probably shot all those outside some fringe-y fetish fashion convention? Well, they didn’t.

    p.s. Yes, this is a dude.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.



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    CatStockings

    I’m sorry, but you’ll have to get in line behind meeeee!

    Okay, I'll take a dozen of these too!

    I’ll take a dozen of these too.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.



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    JesusSuit

    …but failing.

    I spotted this, er, striking piece of clothing at the Men’s 109 in Shibuya, at the Wild Party boutique. Maybe Japanese people would be just as surprised if they saw a t-shirt in America emblazoned with that famous painting of The Death Of Buddha, but…

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix. 



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  • 06/12/14--16:52: Love, Peace, Death &…
  • Nicotine

    Nicotine!

    Neither skulls nor snakes nor screaming eagles will deter the proud owner of this Black Flame jacket from consuming his daily pack of smokes.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.



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  • 09/23/14--16:55: See-Thru Sportcoat
  • From a distance, it looks like a regular men's sportcoat, right?

    From a distance, it looks like a regular men’s sportcoat, right?

    If this isn’t the best men’s clothing invention I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is: a business-safe sportcoat that looks like your standard-issue black suit, but is actually made of unlined linen so the wearer doesn’t have to roast in the wilting summertime heat!

    But up close, see how the lining just comes to below his shoulder blades, and his white shirt shows through beneath, just a little?

    But up close, see how the lining just comes to below his shoulder blades, and his white shirt shows through beneath, just a little? (Sorry the picture isn’t fab – in real life, you could see the plaid of his pants through the bottom part too, if you really looked.)

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.



    SeeThruJacket2jonellepFrom a distance, it looks like a regular men's sportcoat, right?But up close, see how the lining just comes to below his shoulder blades, and his white shirt shows through beneath, just a little?SeeThruJacket2jonellepFrom a distance, it looks like a regular men's sportcoat, right?But up close, see how the lining just comes to below his shoulder blades, and his white shirt shows through beneath, just a little?

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    HalloweenLashes

    Whether you’re batting them at that cute guy from Accounting, or giving the stinkeye to your rival from Marketing, these Halloween-themed lashes will boost your superpowers 1000%.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.



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    You can do this with FELT?!

    You can do this with FELT?!

    If you’re in Tokyo, get thee to Design Festa RIGHT NOW! It’s on through Sunday the 9th, out in Odaiba at Big Sight. You definitely don’t want to miss seeing (and buying!):

    Handpainted zombie matryoshka dolls.

    Handpainted zombie matryoshka dolls.

    Elfin anime-style figures, mind-bogglingly crafted from felt.

    Elfin anime-style figures, mind-bogglingly crafted from felt.

    Eyeball clasp purses, leaking a little O Positive.

    Eyeball clasp purses, leaking a little O Positive.

    Scarily lifelike felted cat head pins.

    Scarily lifelike felted cat head pins.

    Gorgeous little mushrooms that light up.

    Gorgeous little mushrooms that light up.

    Handcrafted horns of Satan.

    Handcrafted horns of Satan.

    Fake fur Mt. Fuji tissue dispensers.

    Fake fur Mt. Fuji tissue dispensers.

    Decidedly non-traditional New Year's figures for the upcoming Year Of The Sheep.

    Decidedly non-traditional New Year’s figures for the upcoming Year Of The Sheep.

    Steampunk bird masks (in case you don't already have a dozen in every color.)

    Steampunk bird masks (in case you don’t already have a dozen in every color.)

    Froggy coin purses

    Froggy coin purses

    Your big chance to make your mom faint when she sees the oozing gash applied with painterly skill by the Amazing School JUR special effects makeup students.

    Your big chance to make your mom faint when she sees the oozing gash applied with painterly skill by the Amazing School JUR special effects makeup students.

    Cuter-than-thou cosplaying vendors

    Cuter-than-thou cosplaying vendors

    The Tokyo Zentai Club, that gathers regularly to beetle around Tokyo in their head-to-toe featureless lycra suits.

    The Tokyo Zentai Club, that gathers regularly to beetle around Tokyo in their head-to-toe featureless lycra suits.

    Design Festa is on from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. through Sunday November 9 at Tokyo Big Sight convention center, near Kokusai-tenjijo Station. Tickets are ¥1000 at the door. In addition to thousands of vendors selling quirky handmade merchandise, music and theatre performances run continuously throughout the day. Artists also are live painting murals thoughout the venue.

    This mural features thousands of flowers, drawn on the spot with Spirographs.

    This mural features thousands of flowers, drawn on the spot with Spirographs.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix. 



    ZombieMatroshikajonellepYou can do this with FELT?!Handpainted zombie matryoshka dolls.Elfin anime-style figures, mind-bogglingly crafted from felt.Eyeball clasp purses, leaking a little O Positive.Scarily lifelike felted cat head pins.Gorgeous little mushrooms that light up.Handcrafted horns of Satan.Fake fur Mt. Fuji tissue dispensers.Decidedly non-traditional New Year's figures for the upcoming Year Of The Sheep.Steampunk bird masks (in case you don't already have a dozen in every color.)Froggy coin pursesYour big chance to make your mom faint when she sees the oozing gash applied with painterly skill by the Amazing School JUR special effects makeup students.Cuter-than-thou cosplaying vendorsThe Tokyo Zentai Club, that gathers regularly to beetle around Tokyo in their head-to-toe featureless lycra suits.This mural features thousands of flowers, drawn on the spot with Spirographs.ZombieMatroshikajonellepYou can do this with FELT?!Handpainted zombie matryoshka dolls.Elfin anime-style figures, mind-bogglingly crafted from felt.Eyeball clasp purses, leaking a little O Positive.Scarily lifelike felted cat head pins.Gorgeous little mushrooms that light up.Handcrafted horns of Satan.Fake fur Mt. Fuji tissue dispensers.Decidedly non-traditional New Year's figures for the upcoming Year Of The Sheep.Steampunk bird masks (in case you don't already have a dozen in every color.)Froggy coin pursesYour big chance to make your mom faint when she sees the oozing gash applied with painterly skill by the Amazing School JUR special effects makeup students.Cuter-than-thou cosplaying vendorsThe Tokyo Zentai Club, that gathers regularly to beetle around Tokyo in their head-to-toe featureless lycra suits.This mural features thousands of flowers, drawn on the spot with Spirographs.

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    "What do you mean, you don't want to sit in shiny alien elf Santa's lap?"

    “What do you mean, you don’t want to sit in shiny alien elf Santa’s lap?”

    From the Tokyu Hands buyers who brought you the original Christmas Hats From Hell, behold the latest ways to say “Ho ho ho, suckers!”

    That little goatee of a tree allows the holiday thug to festively mimic O Tanenbaum while keeping his arms free for maximum pillaging

    That little goatee of a tree allows the holiday thug to festively mimic O Tanenbaum while keeping his arms free for maximum pillaging

    And for female felons, the reindeer burqa: for stylish identity concealment when you get to the front of the bank line with your gun and empty pillowcase.

    And for female felons, the reindeer burqa: for stylish identity concealment when you get to the front of the bank line with your gun and empty pillowcase.

    Available at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, of course!

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery seriespublished by Penguin/Intermix.

    Published by Penguin/Intermix



    XmasPresentMaskjonellepXmasPresentMaskjonellep"What do you mean, you don't want to sit in shiny alien elf Santa's lap?"That little goatee of a tree allows the holiday thug to festively mimic O Tanenbaum while keeping his arms free for maximum pillagingAnd for female felons, the reindeer burqa: for stylish identity concealment when you get to the front of the bank line with your gun and empty pillowcase.Published by Penguin/Intermix

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  • 12/12/14--08:31: Buttondown Socks
  • SoxPlaid

    Now that I’ve seen socks with collars, all other socks seem so Casual Friday.

    They button up the front instead of the back, but these adorable footkins were modeled on traditional Japanese two-toed tabi socks

    They button up the front instead of the back, but these adorable footkins were modeled on traditional Japanese two-toed tabi socks

    You know you'll wear these every day.

    You know you’ll wear these every day.

    Erimaki Socks are only sold in Japan, but if you’re really jonesing for a pair, White Rabbit Express can shop and ship for a very reasonable price.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery seriespublished by Penguin/Intermix.

    Published by Penguin/Intermix



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    KimonoHime

    So, check out one of my all-time favorite Japanese fashion trends – the Kimono Princess!

    Your typical Japanese clubhussy might be happy to see kimono-wearing go the way of ballroom dancing and tea ceremony, but a growing number of hip young women are adopting the techniques of alt fashion subcultures to breathe new life into old-skool clothes. Kimono hime lovers flaunt convention with a mash-up of vintage patterns, non-trad color combos and Western accessories to spawn a style that is utterly new, yet still utterly Japanese.

    First of all – just for comparison – here’s what it’s not:

    Beautiful, but not stylin'

    Beautiful, but not stylin’

    A true Kimono Princess uses every accessory – shoes, sox, purse, wrap, hat, gloves – to flaunt convention in some subtle way.

    A true Kimono Princess uses every accessory – shoes, sox, purse, wrap, hat – to flaunt convention in some subtle way.

    So, how do you build your very own Kimono Princess look?

    First of all, a Kimono Princess shuns typical seasonal designs and colors. Pink for cherry blossom season? So 10th century...unless it's the kimono LINING! Vintage jazz-age patterns or modern ironic graphics are the most popular for new style kimono hime.

    First of all, you can toss seasonal designs and colors right out the window. Pink for cherry blossom season? So 10th century…unless it’s the kimono LINING!

    And Kimono Princesses sometimes wear  jewelry. (There's actually a reason Japanese women don't have a big history of wearing rings, necklaces and pins – kimono fabrics were often more costly than jewels, and nobody wanted to risk something snagging or AI YI YI putting a hole in the priceless fabrics. But new style kimonos aren't expensive – most of them are vintage – so even cheap costume jewelry is safe to wear.)

    And bring on the jewelry! The reason rings, necklaces and pins weren’t usually worn with kimono is that the fabrics were often more costly than jewels and nobody wanted to risk getting a snag or AI YI YI putting a HOLE in the precious material. But because most Princess Style kimonos are inexpensive cotton or vintage, cheap costume jewelry – and lots of it! – is totally safe to wear.

    Not only do modern kimono warriors shun white undercollars & sox, they sometimes even layer on frilly Western pieces to add a little spice.

    Raid your closet and layer on some frilly Western pieces & excellent hats to add a little spice.

    Or go totally nouveau in a kimono made of some alt fabric like lace. Even more radical – make it all one color!

    Or go totally nouveau in a kimono made of some alt fabric like lace. (Even more radical – make it all one color!)

    Uh oh, obi tied in the front? This is sure to bring a gloved hand to grandma's lips to hide her shock at the resemblance to an oiran of the pleasure quarters!

    Uh oh, obi tied in the front? This is sure to bring a gloved hand to grandma’s lips to hide her shock at your resemblance to an oiran of the pleasure quarters!

    Or really fling every convention to the wind, and change the length too.

    Or really fling every convention to the wind, and change the length too.

    As you’ve probably guessed, I actually love kimono in all its forms. But because I look too much like Barbie (and am not AWESOME like my fellow blogger who writes Yield For Kimono), I’d feel like a hopeless wannabe if I ever tried to un-ironically wear one. Kimono hime style, though…even someone like me might be able to rock that, don’t you think?

    Thanks to Kimono Hime magazine (#12) for the gorgeous new style kimono photos, and きものサロン magazine for the modern photo.

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery seriespublished by Penguin/Intermix.

    Published by Penguin/Intermix

     

     



    KimonoHimeHjonellepKimonoHimeBeautiful, but not stylin'A true Kimono Princess uses every accessory – shoes, sox, purse, wrap, hat, gloves – to flaunt convention in some subtle way.First of all, a Kimono Princess shuns typical seasonal designs and colors. Pink for cherry blossom season? So 10th century...unless it's the kimono LINING! Vintage jazz-age patterns or modern ironic graphics are the most popular for new style kimono hime.And Kimono Princesses sometimes wear  jewelry. (There's actually a reason Japanese women don't have a big history of wearing rings, necklaces and pins – kimono fabrics were often more costly than jewels, and nobody wanted to risk something snagging or AI YI YI putting a hole in the priceless fabrics. But new style kimonos aren't expensive – most of them are vintage – so even cheap costume jewelry is safe to wear.)Not only do modern kimono warriors shun white undercollars & sox, they sometimes even layer on frilly Western pieces to add a little spice.Or go totally nouveau in a kimono made of some alt fabric like lace. Even more radical – make it all one color!Uh oh, obi tied in the front? This is sure to bring a gloved hand to grandma's lips to hide her shock at the resemblance to an oiran of the pleasure quarters!Or really fling every convention to the wind, and change the length too.Published by Penguin/IntermixKimonoHimeHjonellepKimonoHimeBeautiful, but not stylin'A true Kimono Princess uses every accessory – shoes, sox, purse, wrap, hat, gloves – to flaunt convention in some subtle way.First of all, a Kimono Princess shuns typical seasonal designs and colors. Pink for cherry blossom season? So 10th century...unless it's the kimono LINING! Vintage jazz-age patterns or modern ironic graphics are the most popular for new style kimono hime.And Kimono Princesses sometimes wear jewelry. (There's actually a reason Japanese women don't have a big history of wearing rings, necklaces and pins – kimono fabrics were often more costly than jewels, and nobody wanted to risk something snagging or AI YI YI putting a hole in the priceless fabrics. But new style kimonos aren't expensive – most of them are vintage – so even cheap costume jewelry is safe to wear.)Not only do modern kimono warriors shun white undercollars & sox, they sometimes even layer on frilly Western pieces to add a little spice.Or go totally nouveau in a kimono made of some alt fabric like lace. Even more radical – make it all one color!Uh oh, obi tied in the front? This is sure to bring a gloved hand to grandma's lips to hide her shock at the resemblance to an oiran of the pleasure quarters!Or really fling every convention to the wind, and change the length too.Published by Penguin/Intermix

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    The bunnies will be all over you at the rabbit café when you appear with this bun-centric obi.

    The bunnies will be all over you at the rabbit café when you swan in wearing this bun-centric obi.

    Obscure seasonal references to geese and crows? So tenth century! Leaf viewing and strolling beneath the cherry blossoms? Been there, called it a cab.

    Let’s strap on our princess kimonos and hit the animal cafés instead!

    Show those cat cafés kitties how

    Coming or going, let’s show those cat café denizens how “disdainful stare” is done.

    Or lull them into complacency from a distance with what looks like a proper traditional outfit, when you're actually rolling in kittycat hijinks.

    Or lull them into complacency from a distance with what looks like a proper traditional outfit, when you’re actually rolling in kittycat hijinks.

    And if this cat purse and wrap aren't must-haves for all kimono princesses, revoke my license.

    And if this cat purse and wrap aren’t must-haves for all kimono princesses, revoke my license.

    Diamonds and pearls? Yawn. Diamonds and squirrels? Now we're talking!

    Diamonds and pearls? Meh. Diamonds and squirrels? Now we’re talking!

    Birds than merely sing prettily are out; birds that build decoy nests to fool their enemies are in.

    Birds than merely sing prettily are out; birds that build decoy nests to fool their enemies are in.

    Panda viewing at the Ueno Zoo? Well, yeah.

    Panda viewing at the Ueno Zoo? Why would you wear anything else?

    Hold your own at Fox Village with this predator-worthy princess look.

    Hold your own at Fox Village in this predator-worthy princess look.

    And we've got to show them who's boss on our trip to Rabbit Island.

    And let’s show them who’s boss when the royal we arrive at Bunny Island!

    Thanks to Kimono Hime magazine (#10 & #12) for the gorgeous new style kimono photos. For more fab kimono hime looks, check out New Type Kimono: Maximum Princess, Make Mine Princess Style & More Alike Than You Might Think!

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery seriespublished by Penguin/Intermix.

    Published by Penguin/Intermix

    And this is the princess-style kimono worn by part time English translator Yumi Hata in NightshadeIf you like a good mystery set in Japan, check out the first few chapters here!

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    KimonoHimeRabbitjonellepThe bunnies will be all over you at the rabbit café when you appear with this bun-centric obi.Show those cat cafés kitties how Or lull them into complacency from a distance with what looks like a proper traditional outfit, when you're actually rolling in kittycat hijinks.And if this cat purse and wrap aren't must-haves for all kimono princesses, revoke my license.Diamonds and pearls? Yawn. Diamonds and squirrels? Now we're talking!Birds than merely sing prettily are out; birds that build decoy nests to fool their enemies are in.Panda viewing at the Ueno Zoo? Well, yeah.Hold your own at Fox Village with this predator-worthy princess look.And we've got to show them who's boss on our trip to Rabbit Island.Published by Penguin/Intermix ThisKimonoHimeRabbitjonellepThe bunnies will be all over you at the rabbit café when you appear with this bun-centric obi.Show those cat cafés kitties how Or lull them into complacency from a distance with what looks like a proper traditional outfit, when you're actually rolling in kittycat hijinks.And if this cat purse and wrap aren't must-haves for all kimono princesses, revoke my license.Diamonds and pearls? Yawn. Diamonds and squirrels? Now we're talking!Birds than merely sing prettily are out; birds that build decoy nests to fool their enemies are in.Panda viewing at the Ueno Zoo? Well, yeah.Hold your own at Fox Village with this predator-worthy princess look.And we've got to show them who's boss on our trip to Rabbit Island.Published by Penguin/Intermix This

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  • 11/20/15--16:48: Battle Dress Kimonos
  • MilitaryKimonoFour

    Okay, you’ve gotta help me out here: what sort of manly occasion could possibly call for donning a kimono fashioned from American mil-spec camo?

    Defcon 3 tea ceremony behind enemy lines? Tactical assault on the afternoon kabuki performance? Undercover date to the summer fireworks, knowing your recently-jilted ex will be there and gunning for you?

    Whatever occasion calls for strategic – yet stealthy – Japanese formalwear, now you can attend in confidence, knowing that all your base are belong to us, whether on land, sea or air.

    The obvious choice for infiltrating cherry blossom parties to which you have not been invited.

    The obvious choice for infiltrating cherry blossom parties to which you have not been invited.

    For stealth autumn leaf viewing, when photos shot from the designated area just won't accomplish the mission objective.

    For stealth autumn leaf viewing, when photos shot from the designated area just won’t accomplish the mission objective.

    The fish will never see you coming, when you drop a line in this Navy Working kimono.

    The fish will never see you coming, when you drop a line in this Navy Working kimono.

    Golf is war. Say it with camo.

    Golf is war. Say it with camo.

    If you know someone with a burning need for formal stealthwear, you can view the full Battle Dress Uniform line in all its glory at Kyoto Kimono Sai. These are only sold in Japan, but you can get White Rabbit Express to shop & ship for a very reasonable price. Shout-out to fellow kimono aficionado Ohio Kimono Lady for the awesome pointer!

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery seriespublished by Penguin/Intermix.

    Published by Penguin/Intermix



    MilitaryKimonoFourjonellepMilitaryKimonoFourThe obvious choice for infiltrating cherry blossom parties to which you have not been invited.For stealth autumn leaf viewing, when photos shot from the designated area just won't accomplish the mission objective.The fish will never see you coming, when you drop a line in this Navy Working kimono.Golf is war. Say it with camo.Published by Penguin/IntermixMilitaryKimonoFourjonellepMilitaryKimonoFourThe obvious choice for infiltrating cherry blossom parties to which you have not been invited.For stealth autumn leaf viewing, when photos shot from the designated area just won't accomplish the mission objective.The fish will never see you coming, when you drop a line in this Navy Working kimono.Golf is war. Say it with camo.Published by Penguin/Intermix

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    redcamoshoes

    For those times when you need to make a stealth dash to an important meeting through a forest of trees with blood…red…leaves….

    No one will dare question your commitment to the mission when you appear at the corporate ballgame outing in this samurai baseball cap

    And no one will dare question your commitment to the mission when you appear at the obligatory company ballgame outing wearing this samurai baseball cap

    Saw the red camo shoes at a shoe store in Skytree, and the samurai b-ball hats at Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback. The fourth book will be out December 5th, which means…

    When Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death ten years ago wasn’t an accident, his world begins to unravel. New evidence links her to...read more

    When Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death ten years ago wasn’t an accident, his world begins to unravel. New evidence links her to…read more

    You can get started on the first one here.

     


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  • 11/11/16--18:09: Scary Underwear Of Japan
  • Even under your baggiest gym t-shirt, this one says, "I'll give up the pec deck when I'm good and ready, buddy"

    Even under your baggiest gym shirts, these say, “I’ll give up the pec deck when I’m good and ready, buddy.”

    Why yes, I would like to use the free weights now.

    Why yes, I would like to use the free weights now.

     

    In case you need to sneak home in your undies without being seen

    Sneak home in your undies without being captured by the enemy

    Nyan, nyan

    Nyan, nyan

    Okay, I admit I want this one DON'T JUDGE

    Okay, I admit I want this one DON’T JUDGE

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    Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mysteries, now out for the first time in paperback. Nightshade is the first in the series…

    More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

    A young woman is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the…Read more

    …or watch the book trailer! (0:52)



    scarybra1jonellepEven under your baggiest gym t-shirt, this one says, scarybra1jonellepEven under your baggiest gym t-shirt, this one says, "I'll give up the pec deck when I'm good and ready, buddy"Why yes, I would like to use the free weights now.In case you need to sneak home in your undies without being seenNyan, nyanOkay, I admit I want this one DON'T JUDGEwatMore Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

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    Am I right or am I right?

    So, the thing you can't really tell from seeing them on the little hanger thingies is that the face of the brown one is on your toes, but the face of the gray one is above your heel, which makes for extra-cuteness above your shoes as you walk away

    So, the thing you can’t really tell from seeing them on the little hanger thingies is that the face of the brown one is on your toes, but the face of the gray one is above your heel, which makes for a lasting impression of adorableness as you walk away

    Serving suggestion

    Plus, they coordinate perfectly with all your canine-themed wardrobe items (YES some days a furry shiba blanket counts as clothing SHUT UP)

    Jonelle Patrick is the author of a mystery series set in Tokyo.  The newest one is Painted Doll

    It's been nine years since she didn't make it home, but now Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura's life is about to unravel... Read more

    It’s been ten years since the night his mother never made it home, but now Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s life is about to unravel…read more



    dogsox1jonellepdogsox1So, the thing you can't really tell from seeing them on the little hanger thingies is that the face of the brown one is on your toes, but the face of the gray one is above your heel, which makes for extra-cuteness above your shoes as you walk awayServing suggestionIt's been nine years since she didn't make it home, but now Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura's life is about to unravel... Read moredogsox1jonellepdogsox1So, the thing you can't really tell from seeing them on the little hanger thingies is that the face of the brown one is on your toes, but the face of the gray one is above your heel, which makes for extra-cuteness above your shoes as you walk awayServing suggestionIt's been nine years since she didn't make it home, but now Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura's life is about to unravel... Read more

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    Paris model photos all by the ultra-talented Tsubomi Photo Studio

    So you think you can’t rock a kimono because you’re not Japanese? Think again! Tamao Shigemune designs modern versions of traditional Japanese women’s wear with a distinctly Parisian twist, and guess what? You can see them (and try her new summer collection on!) right now in Tokyo, through Sunday March 26th.

    The first thing I thought when I saw photos of Shigemune’s summer collection plus Zaaka Vincent‘s whimsical accessories was “haute couture” not “oh, look – foreigners dressed in Japanese costumes.”

    Even a visitor having a deathly hair malfunction feels elegant when being dressed in fab kimono like this. And check out the obi: it’s designed so that the second wrap is narrower than the first, so the contrasting fabric peeks out above it!

    The entry gives you a little taste of what’s to come, including a few of Shigemune’s eyepopping obis, metal-spiked pineapple pins and a hamburger hat

    The summer collection of kimonos is a mix of bold geometrics and beautifully rendered birds…

    …and they mix & match with new obi designs that are backed with fun contrast materials, which wink at you from inside the obi bow when it’s tied

    She was showing a really large assortment of obis – each more wantworthy than the last – plus two cute x 1000 purses

    I was totally You can see why I was tempted to say “I’ll take one in every color” when it came to the accessories too

    See the supercute dotted obiage peering out from atop Shigemune-san’s moon obi?

    Naturally, your zori have to up their game to run with the big dogs, which is whye shiny red and polka-dotted footwear were invented

    And THESE. Don’t you think we all need a pair of these? Because what else are we going to wear with our tiaras JUST SAYIN

    Tamao Shigemune will be showing her collection at that Gallery Triplet on the 4th floor of Minami Aoyama 3-8-2 from 12:00 til 19:00, every day through Sunday, March 26, 2017. Here’s a link to the Tamao Shigemune web shop in case you want to feast your eyes on the lovelies but can’t make it to the show (and, uh, you’ll probably kill me for telling you this, but she ships internationally!)

    If you ARE in Tokyo and want to try them on in person, here’s a Google map link to the Gallery Triplet. It’s a little hard to find – the ground floor of the building is a restaurant, and you have to go down the narrow and unpromising-looking alley to the left to find the elevator, which you can’t see from the alleay. It’s hidden at the end, to the right.

    Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo. Her fourth book – Painted Doll – is just out in paperback 

    “A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” Raven Crime Reads*

    When Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death ten years ago wasn’t an accident, his world begins to unravel. New evidence links her to...read more

    When Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death ten years ago wasn’t an accident, his world begins to unravel. New evidence links her to…read more



    Shigemune10jonellepWhen Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death ten years ago wasn’t an accident, his world begins to unravel. New evidence links her to...read moreShigemune10jonellepWhen Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death ten years ago wasn’t an accident, his world begins to unravel. New evidence links her to...read more

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